A picture of a little free library sparked an idea to build community partnerships, encourage reading and help out local parents.
Why not put boxes of books in businesses where parents need to spend time and children get bored and annoying?
We approached the Banyule Mens Shed with a rough drawing of a suitable box and they embraced the project wholeheartedly. They whipped up six beautiful boxes in a week for us, using scraps and so being able to do them at no cost.
We then collected withdrawn children’s books and made a list of suitable businesses within walking distance to Rosanna Library. We focused on service industries rather than retail and made a list of eight to cater for rejections. However, we were met with nothing but enthusiasm and gratitude.
The boxes are now in a real estate office, a bank, a pharmacy, the local vet and the optometrist. We also left one in the café next door, and it was emptied in a day. We left contact details with owners and they contact us when they need refills.
The books can be read at the location or event taken home if the child wishes.
One telling comment was that it would be great to see them reading rather than playing on a screen.
So a positive experience all around. The library has a presence throughout the community, partnerships are formed, children are reading and our old books find a new life.